Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Out of Thought and Time

Author: Elleth
Nominator: Independence1776 (Crystal113)
2011 Award Category: Crossover: General - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: After the TARDIS is thrown off course by a chance encounter with a wizard, it falls to the Doctor to restore the timeline and avoid alterations to the plot. A crossover with Doctor Who, far less serious than the summary is hinting at.


Reviewed by: Independence1776 (Crystal113) -- Score: 10

Elleth does a fantastic job combining the Whoniverse and Middle-earth. How the Doctor, his companions, and the TARDIS stumble across Gandalf is definitely Eleven. Only he would run someone over in the Time Vortex. Even better is the fact that everyone is perfectly in character. I love the mention of Stargate, the Doctor ending up in the swimming pool yet again, how Amy realizes that traveling with the Doctor definitely messes up the “is it dangerous” question, and how the Doctor says, ["and if I didn't know better I'd say the sun over there was a fruit, and the moon's a flower? No. No, no, no. That is too weird even for me."] And then-- making me literally laugh out loud-- he kicked the TARDIS doors to make Gandalf let go. The Ponds’ reactions to finding out exactly who the hijacker was were priceless. Even better was how Gandalf reacted to being interrupted. Only a Maia would try to intimidate the Doctor. The mention of Vincent Van Gogh was wonderful, especially as it compares his paintings to the night sky in Aman. And the ending! Only the Doctor would think of stealing Gandalf's robes as a solution to the ["naked I was sent back"] problem! I love how the Doctor and the Ponds had an integral part in making the plot of LotR unfold how it should. One of the best crossovers I have ever read, and definitely the best in Tolkien fandom.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 6

I have to admit Dr who is much of a mystery to me. I've only ever seen a couple of episodes but I know he is an alien Time lord who travels around in his time machine with an assistant. I thought this was a brilliant idea that Gandalf should end up in the Tardis after his battle with the Balrog as we have so little idea what happened to him. I just love the way Elleth describes him, which I believe is far closer to what tolkien intended that the film version shows. I also enjoyed Amy's reactions based on seeing the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films. I always wondered why Gandalf lost his clothes and now we know as well as being treated to a glimpse of the true self of the Wizard. I also loved the way Amy thinks at first that Gandalf is Merlin, as I always think of Merlin and Gandalf being cut from the same cloth, though I believe Gandalf is actually based on the Norse god Odin.

Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty -- Score: 5

A delightful crossover. For one horrible moment, I suspected the wizard hijacking the TARDIS was Morgoth. But it wasn't - pherreww! The dialogue upon landing was a little confusing, but this actually adds a touch of realism as Doctor Who is like that, particularly when encoutering new species (which is, let's face it, all the time). Loved the ending! Only the Doctor could come across as so cheeky whilst doing something specifically to keep 'historical' events in their proper order. Well, the Doctor and Peregrin Took. Wonder if they're related? A very fun read!

Reviewed by: Oshun -- Score: 5

This is a fabulous concept! I almost missed it. I love the Doctor and Gandalf chatting. I am so ridiculous the bowtie and fashion-sense jokes just never got old for me. Love the tropical paradise idea of Aman. The trading back and forth with little canon details from both canons was great fun. Glad that I ran into this story. (Who does Gandalf look like if not Ian McKellan? Surely not Colin Morgan as Merlin? Although I would not object. I am fairly certain you are referring to Merlin of The Sword and the Stone Disney movie or perhaps a Victorian book illustration.)

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

Oh, this is Just. Too. Funny! I love seeing Eleven in full panic mode, and seeing Amy and Rory right after the wedding! And the idea of Gandalf clinging onto the outside of the TARDIS and hijacking it-- even if rather by accident!! Reactions were perfect, as was the Doctor's knowledge of the Silm. Although it was rather disappointing to realize that Amy and Rory only knew movie-verse, LOL! I would kind of have expected Rory at least to be just a little bit of book-verse geek.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

I haven't watched [Dr. WHO] in many years; but I have always been fond of the plotline. Here, the Doctor and his mortal companions run into the recently Balrog-slain Gandalf and he hijacks their Tardis to get to Valinor. The Doctor, as usual, has the last laugh. Intriguing and amusing story.

Reviewed by: Fiondil -- Score: 3

Ooh, so wicked of the Doctor! LOL! A delightful blending of Doctor Who (one of my favorite characters of all time) with Tolkien’s Middle-earth as we see just how it is that Gandalf is returned to Celebdil after straying out of thought and time.

Reviewed by: Himring -- Score: 2

My knowledge of Dr Who is much more limited than of Tolkien--but expertly done! Kudos for the final twist!

Reviewed by: grey_gazania -- Score: 2

Oh lordy loo, this ficlet is funny! Elleth writes a wonderful Eleven, and the punchline at the end is sheer genius.